The difference between a custom kitchen and your average builder-grade one?

I often compare these to a pair of handmade designer shoes vs a cheap, mass-produced pair. The quality material, the thoughtful design & engineering, the artisan touches, and (most of all) how they feel on & make you feel fabulous!! That’s the distinction.

A custom kitchen or remodel is a well-planned, major project. Unlike working directly with a contractor and buying mass-produced cabinets, a high-end, completely personalized kitchen — from start to finish — should be an elevated experience with an end result that makes you feel great every time you step foot in it.

Timing, cost
You can project a longer schedule (3-6 months) with more planning that addresses how you entertain, cook, and use your kitchen space, along with your style preferences and a higher price tag too.

You can also expect to say things like, “I can’t believe this is my house”, “This is truly a dream kitchen”, “This should be in a magazine!” and “OMG, so glad I did it right”.  

We recently completed this custom crafted & designed kitchen in Tampa.

Our client’s residence was around 2,000 square feet with a closed-off kitchen & wall and a separate dining room. The breakfast room and cooking area had 4 windows, 2 2 of which closely faced a neighbor’s home. There were builder-grade cabinets, the space felt dark & cramped, and had limited storage space.  

Her dream kitchen vision was fresh, but traditional, with rustic and a Tuscan feel. 

She needed more and better storage and wanted a designated bar area with a 2nd sink and beverage cooler. Plus, she also wanted a large island to prep food & entertain, and she that divider wall to be gone for good.

A little home frosting goes a long way.

The new open-concept kitchen was stunning. 

The beautiful new, custom kitchen provided:

  • A fresh-styled, open-concept space that felt larger and changed the feel of the home
  • Walls painted in SW Soji white – a great choice for a warm, but lightened, neutral look
  • A mixed, on-trend color palate of pacific blue with warm gray, a walnut wood island, and a hood that complimented an artisan area rug in the dining room
  • Soft-touch, custom-designed, made-in-the-USA solid wood cabinets that ran to the ceiling with glass displays
  • Cambria quartz countertops (also made in the USA) with hand-painted Italian patterned and glass tiles
  • Bronze pendants and hardware
  • An elevated cooking experience with new appliances
  • And new tile floors throughout the home

Our client spends her summers in Maine. So all of this transformation and remodeling happened while she was away.  We also designed and remodeled her guest bath and will be sharing this project soon.

This kitchen re-design was a game changer. The investment added a lot of value to the current homeowner’s life and home too, should she ever decide to sell.

Do you have a kitchen that needs a designer’s pro touch & aesthetic for improved function, style, and enjoyment? Contact us today! We’d love to learn more and share our ideas.

Home Frosting is a full-service luxury interior design company based in Tampa, FL